Police Harassment Explained By A Cop

I dedicate this reblog that I snagged at the great Geeez Blog to my friend, Brian, a retired cop.


Police Harassment….I LOVE THIS!

 This absolutely cracked me up.  Thanks, Impertinent, for emailing it to me!

 Police Harassment, Chula Vista, California styleRecently, the Chula Vista, California Police Department ran an e-mail
forum with the local community (a question and answer exchange) with
the topic being, “Community Policing.”  One of  the civilian e-mail
participants posed the following question:”I would like to know how it is possible for police officers to
continually harass people and get away with it?”From the “other side” (the law enforcement side) Sgt. Bennett,
obviously a cop with a sense of humor replied:

“First of all, let me tell you this…it’s not easy.  In Chula Vista,
we average one cop for every 600 people.

Only about 60% of those cops are on general duty (or what you might
refer to as “patrol”) where we do most of our harassing.  The rest are
in non-harassing departments that do not allow them contact with the
day to day innocents.

At any given moment, only one-fifth of the 60% patrollers are on duty
and available for harassing people while the rest are off duty.

So roughly, one cop is responsible for harassing about 5,000 residents.

When you toss in the commercial business, and tourist locations that
attract people from other areas, sometimes you have a situation where
a single cop is responsible for harassing 10,000 or more people a day.

Now, your average ten-hour shift runs 36,000 seconds long. This gives
a cop one second to harass a person, and then only three-fourths of a
second to eat a donut AND then find a new person to harass.

This is not an easy task. To be honest, most cops are not up to this
challenge day in and day out. It is just too tiring. What we do is utilize some tools to help us narrow down those people which we can realistically harass.

The tools available to us are as follow:

PHONE:  People will call us up and point out things that cause us to
focus on a person for special harassment.

“My neighbor is beating his wife” is a code phrase used often. This
means we’ll come out and give somebody some special harassment.

Another popular one: “There’s a guy breaking into a house.” The
harassment team is then put into action.

CARS:  We have special cops assigned to harass people who drive. They
like to harass the drivers of fast cars, cars with no insurance or no
driver’s licenses and the like.

It’s lots of fun when you pick them out of traffic for nothing more
obvious than running a red light.

Sometimes you get to really heap the harassment on when you find they
have drugs in the car, they are drunk, or have an outstanding warrant
on file.

RUNNERS:  Some people take off running just at the sight of a police
officer. Nothing is quite as satisfying as running after them like a
beagle on the scent of a bunny.  When you catch them you can harass
them for hours to determine why they didn’t want to talk to us.

STATUTES:  When we don’t have PHONES or CARS and have nothing better
to do, there are actually BOOKS that give us ideas for reasons to
harass folks. They are called “Statutes”; Criminal Codes, Motor
Vehicle Codes, etc…They all spell out all sorts of things for which
you can really mess with people.

After you read the statute, you can just drive around for awhile until
you find someone violating one of these listed offenses and harass

Just last week I saw a guy trying to steal a car. Well, there’s this
BOOK we have that says that’s not allowed. That meant I got permission
to harass this guy. It’s a really cool system that we’ve set up, and
it works pretty well.

We seem to have a never-ending supply of folks to harass. And we get
away with it. Why? Because for the good citizens who pay the tab, we
try to keep the streets safe for them, and they pay us to “harass”
some people.

Next time you are in my town, give me the old “single finger wave.”
That’s another one of those codes. It means, “You can’t harass me.”
It’s one of our favorites.

Hopefully sir, this has clarified to you a little bit better how we
harass the good citizens of Chula Vista.


5 thoughts on “Police Harassment Explained By A Cop

  1. So when does Obama’s best bud Sharpton organize a march for the assassin of the two NYC police officers; the true victim in this tragedy, a victim of a crappy childhood.? When does Holder chopper in to investigate why were these two racist cops, one Latin, one oriental, eating lunch in their car when people in the hood are starving as a result of using their SS benefits and food stamps to feed their various addictions they have been forced into by the anti-black racists of every other race. So much for satire and sarcasm; may the relatives and friends of these two assassinatrd men find peace.

  2. Sometimes, in some districts, there are clashes of culture between the police and residents, and we do see that here and there. We’re a big, and demographically varied and complex, country, and the vast majority of the police departments are small, localized entities, each with their own local flavor. But that aside, most often what people call “police harassment” is simply the police doing their jobs as they are assigned – by law. It’s like blaming the IRS for taxes, or blaming the military for going to war. Sometimes those institutions can cause problems in those spheres too, but for the most part blaming them for what they are doing is misdirected and inappropriate at best, kind of stupid and hateful at worst.

    Remember this, though – you cons talk a lot about government power, and in particular, coercion? Well, the police are that coercive force, on the ground, in real life. Otherwise ordinary citizens with guns and badges, representing the locality, the state, and the federal government, and with the full force of those estates behind him. It can and often does go to their heads. You cons, of all people, should recognize that.


  3. I had seen this once years ago. It is pretty funny as well as accurate. JMJ actually made an excellent point- proving once again- people will surprise you. Thanks Jim.


  4. Way cool to have an officer be so honest! I dated an officer who acquired the God complex quite quickly after he became an officer. It was hell…obviously we are no longer together!

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